Here’s one use of AR that’s utterly ingenious and yet we wish it never existed. Someone’s brought The Ring to life in terrifying form. Oh good.
The Ring was an excellent 1998 Japanese horror film (which got a not-so-excellent English remake in 2002). The series is best known for its iconic, horrific image of a creepy girl crawling out of a TV. She then pursues and murders people that have been watching a video of her. It’s enough to make you switch off. Well, in AR, you can’t really do that.
In the video above, the ghostly figure crawls out of the TV before pursuing the AR user across the halls of an office. While the initial stunt is chilling in itself, we’re most impressed by the AR rendition of the classic ‘turn around’ jump scare. Not even our real reality is safe anymore.
It’s an old video but we thought it’d brighten up your Monday morning (sorry). It’s the work of AR developer extraordinaire Abhishek Singh. He’s a regular topic of discussion here at Upload, making a Super Mario level in HoloLens and bringing Road Runner cartoons to life. He seems to have all of the best ideas for AR apps. You can follow along with his work at this website.
To think that Singh was doing this sort of work with year-old AR tech has us excited for what’s next. Rumor has it Microsoft will be revealing the second iteration of its HoloLens device at MWC later this month and we’re hoping for some big improvements.